Well, I'll try to stay on-topic. The two satellites shown on the CBS spy satellites news piece were the Lockheed-Martin "Lacrosse" radar mapper, and Hughes Satellite Data Systems relay satellite. I talked to the NRO public affairs representative today (now there's a statement I never thought I'd type!) and he's sending me photographs of the two satellites. Hopefully I'll get them next week and if there's interest I'll scan them and send them to Jeff for the VSHOP page. The NRO will not verify the identity of the specific satellites, their purposes, or any other details, but I did find some interesting tidbits. CBS shot the Lacrosse footage a couple of months ago - but certainly _after_ the October launch of Lacrosse 3. I seem to recall somebody thinking that Lacrosse 3 was supposed to be the last satellite. It's certainly possible that CBS filmed a test article, ground spare, or full-size mockup --- but on the face of it it appears that there's at least one additional Lacrosse-class satellite in a classified cleanroom in Denver Colorado. (hmm, I don't suppose you can drop by and check on that for us Ron?) I've viewed Lacrosse 1 and Lacrosse 2 several times (haven't seen Lacrosse 3 yet ..) and it was _quite_ fascinating to see video of the spacecraft in its clean room. I am _very_ anxious to see the photos. The little bits of footage in the Hughes cleanroom (which for some reason I didn't see when I toured the Hughes facilities in December ... hmm, wonder why?) looks like a Hughes HS-601 bus which was a pretty obvious assumption. It's certainly plausible that this is the "Capricorn" USA 137 satellite which was just launched on the Atlas. The other possible candidate would be the USA 125 payload launched on a Titan IV last year. Philip Chien, KC4YER Earth News world (in)famous writer, science fiction fan, ham radio operator, all-around nice guy, etc.